It can spread itself around faster than the flu and stays much longer than anyone wants. It sneaks itself into your home by January second and sometimes won’t leave until the thermometer starts reading into the 50’s again. It creates hyper and antsy kids and moms who are losing hair and their minds.
Yes, I’m referring to the dreaded Cabin Fever (Cue horror music).
I don’t know about you, but at my house we seemed to get an early start on this whole everyone’s-going-stir-crazy deal this year. Usually, it doesn’t seem to hit me (and the kiddos) until January but we got a month or two head-start this time around. The temperature dropped, kids got sick, and because there was no snow yet, there wasn’t a good incentive to go outside. So, here we are now with a good month and a half or more left of cold weather and it’s time for a battle plan.
Winter doesn’t have to be a gloomy, dreary, depression-inducing season. It can be a relaxing downtime to create memories and recuperate from the usual busyness. The following are four ideas to help break up the boredom and dreariness in both you and your kids!
Get Fresh Air!
I know, I know, this isn’t probably the first advice you wanted but hear me out. During the winter our body doesn’t get enough vitamin D because of a lack of sunlight. Getting outside (even on overcast days) can help boost that vitamin as well as a sense of well-being. Going to the park or taking a walk for just 20 minutes will get those rowdy kids to burn up some energy and will help you feel rejuvenated!
Get Moving, Mama!
While getting outside is great, sometimes it’s just not feasible or even desired. But getting exercise for you and your children is so important for your body and mind. Moving your body releases feel-good endorphins and relieves stress by lowering cortisol levels. While workout programs can be great, it’s even better to do something fun with your kids. Run laps with them around the kitchen island, have a dance party, or have a competition to see who can do the most jumping jacks. Have fun!
Now’s the time to do all those cute crafts and activities you find on Pinterest. Ya know, the ones you pin and never see again? Yeah, those. So, go hop on Pinterest and find a few fun and memorable activities to do with your kids this week. Also, go ahead and build that blanket fort, finger paint, and play Uno. Also, don’t limit the creativity to your kids; this is a great time to work on some projects yourself. Whether you sew, paint, knit, or always wanted to learn, now’s a great time to do it!
No, not the ‘If I think positive thoughts everything is going to be hunky-dory’ kind of positivity, but the Biblical kind. The Bible reminds us in Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Our thoughts have a huge influence on our attitude. So when it’s five degrees out and you want to pout, instead thank God for the resting season of winter. When your kids are bouncing off the walls and you want to duct tape them to the floor, instead go and bounce with them! Being thankful for what you have doesn’t just apply for the month of November. And being of good cheer doesn’t just happen in December. Having a positive and joyful attitude even in the trenches of February can greatly increase the smiles and laughter in your home. And it might even bring spring back a little bit sooner. Maybe.
Now, go grab some hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book and snuggle up to those crazy little people who are currently wreaking havoc in your home. Embrace the season.